A Collection Of The Best Palawan Beach Resorts Starting At $5 Per Night

Our next long-term stop is Palawan in the Philippines and we’re going to class it up a little while we look for an apartment. Here’s our research for the 30 best Palawan beach resorts if you’re looking to follow suit.


Goodbye, Chiang Mai –Hellooo, Palawan Beach Resort

After another exciting 5-6 months in Thailand with a majority of that spent living at The Nimmana in Chiang Mai, we’re in need of some beach time, an escape from Chiang Mai’s infamous burning season, and a place to hang our hat for the rest of the year and then some.

The Philippines makes obtaining back-to-back visas a whole lot easier for Mike, and since I don’t need any here it was the most logical choice for a place to kick it down a notch, longer-term.

When you’re looking to settle into a paradise island such as Palawan, it only makes sense to book one of the best beach resorts while you’re looking for a more long-term apartment, am I right?

While I was searching for a place to stay, I was surprised to learn there’s not that many resorts in Palawan yet. Considering its size and growing popularity, I expected to see much more on each corner of the map.

Don’t get me wrong. The island has definitely received plenty of attention from tourists in the last few years for its popular Palawan beach resorts. But compared to other beaches and islands in the Philippines, this place remains pristine with much less commercialisation than you might expect from a giant paradise.

Simply put, Palawan beach resorts are worth dropping what you’re doing and booking a plane ticket before it gets infested by tourists. Bohol suffered that fate, and now it’s closed for the foreseeable future.

Cheap as f*ck

Going back to my search, what surprised me even more was the fact that the accommodations were so cheap!

For as low as $5, you get to have your own slice of paradise. Truth! No need to pay an arm and a leg just to enjoy a few days of peace, relaxation in front of the frikking beach!

Also, with Boracay closing down for 6 months and Siargao currently crowded with tourists because of one movie, Palawan serves as the perfect go-to spot for any escapist traveler.

With that in mind, I thought I’d share with you what I discovered during my search. Listed further below are the top 30 Palawan beach resorts under $60, located right in front of a beach –but first, I’d like to share tips for each location as well as some practical advice to help make your stay at a resort in Palawan more comfortable.

Location Considerations

When you’re booking any of the Palawan beach resorts reviewed on this list or those you find elsewhere, it’s important to consider the following for each area of the island.

Puerto Princessa

Puerto Princesa is Palawan’s capital city and is the most highly urbanized city in the province. It’s also where the only international airport is located. Its city center has a growing food and nightlight scene not to mention, it’s home to the famous Underground River. Stay for a few days before exploring other parts of the province.


Coron rivals El Nido in terms of natural biodiversity. Here, you can explore hidden lakes and lagoons, witness colorful marine life, and even get a chance to encounter WWII Japanese shipwrecks.

San Vicente

Located between Puerto Princesa and El Nido is San Vicente. It’s known for its 14-kilometer long beach –the longest in the Philippines. Here, you can scuba dive, snorkel, kayak. You can also explore its vast mangroves and jungles.

El Nido

El NIdo is the primary attraction of Palawan. It’s known for its picturesque karst formations, pristine islands, and rich marine biodiversity. Stay at a resort in Palawan here if you’d like to quickly jump start your island hopping adventure.


Taytay is a port town where most travelers depart/arrive from/for El Nido resorts. It’s main highlight is the old Spanish fort, one of the best preserved Spanish fortresses in the country. If you choose to stay at a beach resort in Palawan here, you can discover offshore islands, explore waterfalls, and visit the extinct volcano Mt. Capoas.

Port Barton

Port Barton is located in San Vicente with a vibe that’s comparable to El Nido –quiet and relaxed. You can take a stroll on the beach here and possibly enjoy it all to yourself. It’s also a great starting point for boat tours as prices here tend to be cheaper compared to El Nido resorts.

Practical Tips for Palawan Travel

1. Some Palawan resorts can be difficult to access. When booking your accommodation make sure to communicate with management directly so they can hire transport for you. You can also rent a motorbike or hire public transport (van/jeepney/multicab) to take you to the beach resort in Palawan.

2. If you’re wondering why some resorts in Palawan are so dirt-cheap, it’s because you’re either paying for a tent or bedspace. If camping or sharing rooms is not your thing, don’t worry. For a few dollars, you can get an upgrade and enjoy more comfortable accommodations.

3. Learn basic first-aid and have an emergency kit ready. Certain resorts in Palawan are located far away from the hospital and if you get injured, you can’t expect to get immediate medical attention. It’s better to be prepared.

4.  Be sure to wear insect repellent (preferably one with strong concentration of deet) especially if you plan to stay in a resort in Palawan that’s located within a jungle or any other remote area. Yeah, deet isn’t healthy, but dengue is worse.

Some parts of the island have risk of malaria or dengue during rainy season. Not to mention those pesky sandflies which can leave large, itchy red bumps on your skin.

5. Keep yourself hydrated and your skin protected from the sun. Popular activities in the island leave you exposed to sun for hours. It can be easy to get carried away and forget that’s you’re actually burning!

6. When appropriate, wear aqua socks and rash guard when swimming at the beach.  It keeps you safe from sharp rocks and broken corals as well as box jellyfish and stone fishes which can be very fatal.

7. Some beach resorts in Palawan, especially those in El Nido, may not have Wi-Fi or regular electricity. This is because some areas don’t have enough power supply.

Most Palawan resorts will let you know when their electricity hours are and if they have a generator or solar power. If not, ask anyway so you are better prepared.

You can also check out this Facebook page for information on the daily rotation brownout schedule. If you really can’t afford to go offline, ask your favourite beach resort in Palawan if they have a  generator in advance.

8. Bring as much cash as you can if you plan to travel outside of Puerto Princesa.  Other areas outside the city don’t have that many ATMs yet. You’re better off getting cash while in Manila or Puerto Princessa before heading north of the island. You can also use your credit card but be careful as some establishments don’t accept credit card or they charge you a processing fee.

9. Philippines is a predominantly Catholic country and it’s frowned upon to overly flaunt your body in public places unless it’s the beach.

10. Haggling for cheaper prices on accommodation won’t get you very far. The money you’re spending while on the island will help support the livelihood of locals, and clean it up so it doesn’t wind up like Bohol.

Palawan Beach Resorts for Under $60

All beach resorts in Palawan here are listed by price (lowest to highest) and have rooms or bungalows facing right onto the beach;

Bambua Nature Cottages ($5 – $50)

Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan


Perks of Bambua Nature Cottages:

  • Rooms feature native handcrafted arts
  • Features an extensive garden landscape with different flowers, butterflies, and birds flying around
  • Near a mangrove where you can do ziplining

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Ursula Beach Club ($8 – $57)

Location: El Nido, Palawan

Perks of Ursula Beach Club:

  • Private feel in the as there are only three rooms in total
  • Great attention to detail in this Palawan beach resort
  • Great food and cocktails at the restaurant and bear

Check pricing on Agoda

Bayog Beach Campsite ($8 -$49)

Location: El Nido, Palawan

erks of Floresita’s Beach Resort:

  • A relaxing resort in Palawan with friendly and accommodating staff
  • Lots of cushioned beds and hammocks to lounge in
  • Close to the diving center

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Erlittop Garden ($10 -$29)

Location: El Nido, Palawan

Perks of Erlittop Garden:

  • A relaxing resort with friendly and accommodating staff
  • Lots of cushioned beds and hammocks to relax in
  • Close to the diving center

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Kaibigan Soul Camp ($12 -$58)

Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Perks of Kaibigan Soul Camp:

  • Great food made with local fresh ingredients
  • Beautiful huts made with local materials
  • One of the best resorts in Palawan offering plenty of great activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, yoga, boat trips, and more

Check pricing on Agoda

Tapik Beach Park Guest House ($13 -$51)

Location: El Nido, Palawan

Perks of Tapik Beach Park Guest House:

  • Quiet and peaceful setting with friendly staff
  • Features authentic beach huts facing the unspoilt beach
  • Staff can arrange massage as well as mani/pedi

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Where 2 Next ($13 -$36)

Location: El Nido, Palawan


Perks of Where 2 Next:

  • One of the few budget Palawan resorts offering vegetarian and vegan options
  • Less touristy area where you can relax and enjoy some quiet time
  • Stunning beaches nearby (Calitang and Nacpan)

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Casa Rosa Taytay ($14 -$57)

Location: Taytay, Palawan

Perks of Casa Rosa Taytay:

  • Situated on top of a hill with panoramic views of the fort and Taytay Bay
  • Has a restaurant with great food and a beautiful view
  • Plenty of entertainment amenities like books, magazines, and board games

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Palawan Mangrove Resort ($19)

Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Perks of Palawan Mangrove Resort:

  • Clean and well-maintained rooms
  • Amazing scenery with lots of butterflies around the garden maze by the river
  • Lots of activities to do as there’s a river and waterfall nearby

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Deep Moon Resort ($20 -$49)

Location: San Vicente, Palawan

Perks of Deep Moon Resort:

  • Plenty of space to lounge in front of the beach
  • Restaurant offers many healthy breakfast options and the beach side bar offers great drinks and snacks
  • Breathtaking views in each room, even those that don’t face the beach

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Villa Leonora Beach Resort ($20 -$34)


Perks of Villa Leonora Beach Resort:

  • Beautiful grounds with a chill and relaxed atmosphere
  • Super friendly staff who will cater to your needs
  • Owner can arrange various activities for you

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Puerto Pension Inn ($22 -$40)

Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Perks of Puerto Pension Inn:

  • Clean and beautifully decorated rooms
  • Just a few minutes away from the baywalk area
  • Amazing view of the bay from the restaurant on the top floor

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Kahamut-an Beach and Cottages ($24 -$31)

Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Perks of Kahamut-an Beach and Cottages:

  • This beach resort in Palawan is located in the middle of nature, perfect for escaping the loud touristy areas
  • Plenty of activities to do nearby like ziplining, touring the underground river, boat tour, snorkeling, motorbike rides
  • Amazing home-cooked meals

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Marina de Bay ($24 -$31)

Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Perks of Marina de Bay:

  • One of the best resorts in Palawan if you’re looking for complete amenities including restaurant, massage, transport, housekeeping, swimming pool, and tours
  • Offers a nice view of the lagoon, mangrove, and sunset
  • Very nice and courteous staff

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Jungle Beach Resort ($24 -$60)

Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan


Perks of Jungle Beach Resort:

  • Kitchen can serve vegetarian meals
  • Very friendly and helpful staff; Owner can even arrange a bonfire at night
  • Beachfront is perfect for snorkeling

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Makulay Lodge and Villa ($26 -$55)

Location: El Nido, Palawan

Perks of Makulay Lodge and Villa:

  • Lounge/restaurant area serves great food (French food) and is perfect spot for relaxation
  • The location is away from the busy and noisy part of town
  • Very clean, comfortable, and beautiful cottages

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Mermaid Paradises Jr Resort ($27 -$54)

Location: San Vicente, Palawan

Perks of Mermaid Paradises Jr Resort:

  • A secluded resort far from the hustle of backpacking towns
  • Offers fantastic views of the beach
  • Have a private beach all to yourself as the resort is accessible only by boat

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Telesflora Beach Cottages ($27)

Location: El Nido, Palawan

Perks of Telesflora Beach Cottages:

  • Quiet location but just a few minutes away from the town center
  • Good selection of breakfast choices
  • Beachfront offers perfect view of the sunset

More photos and information can be found on Agoda

Victoria Beach House ($27 -$58)

Location: San Vicente, Palawan

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